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Northwest Ohio Rib Off

August 16, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - August 18, 2018 @ 11:00 pm

The zesty taste of ribs and the sounds of classic and current music hits will be showcased once again this summer at The Blade’s 35th Northwest Ohio Rib Off in August at the Lucas County Fairgrounds in Maumee.

American singer Morris Day and former Doobie Brother Michael McDonald join returning country musician Lee Brice at the annual Rib Off Aug. 16-18 at the fairgrounds, 1406 Key St. Sunday that weekend will be a family day and the details are being finalized.

This year’s Rib Off is presented by Taylor Automotive, Buckeye Broadband, and Budweiser.


“The Northwest Ohio Rib Off has been a mainstay for 35 years,” said Kurt Franck, president, general manager, and executive editor of The Blade. “We are looking forward to another terrific Rib Off this year, with fun entertainment for people of all ages. Plus, great ribs.”

Those attending can expect to see a wide range of music from funk to country throughout the three-day event.


Entertainment kicks off with Day on Aug. 16, who made a name for himself during his time in the funk group The Time, as well as through popular hits such as “Jungle Love,” “The Bird,” and “Don’t Wait For Me.”

Former Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan member McDonald will hit the stage on the Rib Off’s second night, Aug. 17.


The singer/songwriter’s 1982 debut album If That’s What It Takes was certified gold and included memorable songs such as “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)” and “I Gotta Try.”

Brice will be the final performer on Aug. 18. He made Rib Off history last year when he attracted more than 14,000 people to the fairgrounds.


National and local vendors will compete for best ribs through a people’s choice competition, as well as a judge’s pick contest. The event is also part of the National Barbecue Cookers Association, whose members are certified food safety professionals.


August 16, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
August 18, 2018 @ 11:00 pm
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